Category: Poster

6 - A Monster Like Me: Exploring Giftedness, Gender, and Race in Young Adolescent Literature

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Knowing that many students gravitate toward identifiable characters in literature, a methodological framework that combines the insights of gifted education with the activist stance of feminist literary analysis offers understanding to researchers and practitioners in both fields. This presentation shares research on the portrayals of giftedness, gender, and race in five young adolescent novels. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to see examples of this methodology in action in further excerpts from both print and film. You will leave with an expanded toolkit with which to evaluate and discuss the gifted girls our students encounter in literature.

Elizabeth I. Mendoza

Academic Professional
Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Elizabeth Mendoza has her B.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English from Notherrn Arizona University and her Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. She currently teaches middle school and high school humanities at the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, she has experience as both a regular classroom teacher and a gifted cohort teacher in a large public school district. Her interests as an educator lie in helping students to recognize and wield the power of language as a tool for self discovery and social impact. Her research interests lie at the intersection of feminist literary criticism and gifted education best practice.